Skis: 07/08 Volkl Gotamas, 190cm.
Bindings: Marker 12s.
I picked up my Gotamas in the middle of last season and got 5 unreal days in before I ripped BOTH front bindings out. During a typical kick-ass spring day on Whistler, we were carving out the last run of the day and my ski dissappeared from under my foot. Good thing my bro was following behind, he grabbed my ski and the front binding just popped off. I checked my other ski and found that both front bindings were held on only due to the pressure from my foot. All three screws had become disloged from each ski, not sheared off. The binding just pulled out of the ski.
I assumed incorrect mounting, but the tech that mounted the bindings insisted that they'd had "4 or 5 pairs" of similar skis (Goats, Mantras, some K2s) come through the shop that season with the same problem, and that it's an issue with the design of the wood cores. They remounted 1cm forward, and told me if it happened again they'd take it up with Volkl.
3 days of skiing this year, and I've ripped one binding out again. Alas they're just out of warranty, but REI (my new favorite retailer) will happily exchange them.
My brother's pretty adamant that the 3 screw Marker design isn't sufficient, so I'm thinking of getting new bindings when I take the skis back to REI.
Has anyone heard of a similar issue with these skis/bindings?
I've heard for 08/09, Volkl has added a layer of stronger wood under the binding mount...so I assume it's been an issue. Though I think the 07/08 Goats have the "Tough Box" core as well.
I'm off to Bellingham to replace them and pick up some boots (and maybe bindings), so any advice is much appreciated!